“Developments in label production are moving at pace with brand owners looking for converters that have the ability to deliver faster, better and at more competitive prices. In this context, the Bobst all-in-one platform is a great answer as digitally printed labels can be produced in high quality, with exceptional productivity and at lower costs, from short to long runs,” said Strategic Marketing Manager Patrick Graber.“With the Digital Master series, we want to solve our customers’ challenges as they try to overcome the lack of a skilled workforce while moving to industrial productivity and longer run lengths with digital equipment; and to bring more agility and flexibility to the production floor,” he added.
The new series will be available in 340 mm (13.5 inch) and 510 mm (20 inch) print widths in a new design that has been optimized for full modularity and improved operation and servicing. Like the Bobst Master DM5, it offers printing, embellishment and cutting in a single pass, with seamless native integration between the UV inkjet digital engine and the flexo and converting modules. The introduction of a 510 mm version adds new opportunities to expand application versatility into larger-sized labels, industrial and chemical markets, wraparound, shrink sleeves, and other special applications. The 510 also provides higher production volume but still only needs one operator to run the press. Running at up to 100 m/min (328 ft/min) in four or six colours plus optional digital white, both presses bridge the gap between traditional digital and flexo machines. The line-up features flexibility, fast turnarounds and inline end-to-end label production, with exceptional quality and productivity in increasing run lengths. The modular architecture allows customers to configure the exact machine they need – from a digital-only version to highly customized configuration – integrating all modules available in inline flexo. It also provides the possibility to be upgraded on-site at a later stage.“